Culture Wars and Enduring American Dilemmas (Contemporary by Irene Taviss Thomson

By Irene Taviss Thomson

"Irene Taviss Thomson provides us a nuanced portrait of yankee social politics that is helping clarify either why we're interested in the belief of a 'culture conflict' and why that misrepresents what's really going on."

---Rhys H. Williams, Professor and Chair, division of Sociology, Loyola collage Chicago

"An very important paintings showing---beneath floor conflict---a deep consensus on a few beliefs by way of social elites."

---John H. Evans, division of Sociology, collage of California, San Diego

The suggestion of a tradition battle, or wars, has existed in the US because the 1960s---an underlying ideological schism in our state that's accountable for the polarizing debates on every thing from the separation of church and country, to abortion, to homosexual marriage, to affirmative motion. Irene Taviss Thomson explores this suggestion via examining hundreds of thousands of articles addressing hot-button matters over 20 years from 4 magazines: National Review, Time, The New Republic, and The Nation, in addition to a wide range of different writings and statements from a considerable variety of public intellectuals.

What Thomson reveals may well shock you: according to her study, there isn't any unmarried cultural divide or cultural resource which can account for the positions which were followed. whereas matters equivalent to faith, homosexuality, sexual behavior, and abortion have figured prominently in public dialogue, in truth there isn't any unmarried thread that unifies responses to every of those cultural dilemmas for any of the writers.

Irene Taviss Thomson is Professor Emeritus of Sociology, having taught within the division of Social Sciences and historical past at Fairleigh Dickinson college for greater than 30 years. formerly, she taught within the division of Sociology at Harvard University.

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